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PhD in Management

Unleash your curiosity and develop key skills to support a career in academia, industry, consultancy or research.

Start date

January 2020
October 2020 (term dates)

Applications for 2021 will open soon

Our PhD programme offers high-quality training and a supportive collegial environment in which to pursue your passion for research.

Study for your doctorate in a professional and challenging school, where academic rigour and excellence is at the heart of everything we do. You will have the opportunity to work with leading academics and be part of a growing and vibrant community of doctoral scholars. 

We welcome applicants who share our vision and want to undertake innovative and exciting research as part of our academic community. Join researchers from across the globe, who are building new understanding of business and management.

Your research

As a doctoral student, the focus of your work will be an independent research project. We provide training which will equip you with skills in a wide range of research methods to support your growing expertise.

Your research will culminate in a thesis of around 80,000-100,000 words. To successfully pass the course, your thesis should represent an original contribution to knowledge, and have the potential to influence practice, policy and understanding in your field of interest.

We welcome applications from students interested in undertaking management research in the following areas:

  • Actuarial science
  • Accounting 
  • Finance 
  • Employment relations
  • Human resource management
  • International business and strategy (including business history)
  • Marketing
  • Operations management
  • Organisational behaviour


You will be supported by two academic supervisors. Supervisors normally share or complement your research interests, giving you expert guidance throughout your studies.

You will have at least one meeting with your supervisory team every six to seven weeks. You will also interact with your supervisors and colleagues across the School at research seminars, conference events and informal gatherings.

Find a potential supervisor

See how your interests align with our research. Find out more about our staff and identify a potential supervisor.

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Each year, you will receive ten days of training. This includes short half-day courses, activities and seminars covering a wide range of transferable skills.

Taught modules

In your first year you'll take compulsory training modules covering Research Design, Qualitative Methods and Quantitative Methods, to help you refine your ideas and begin your investigations. Later in the year you'll study modules covering Philosophy and Process of Management Research and Methods for Critical Literature Reviewing & Dissemination. The modules you study in your first year include assignments which you must pass in order to progress.

Researcher development

Throughout the course you will have access to training from the University's Research Excellence Training Team, who will help you develop your professional skills and career profile. You can also take advantage of the following opportunities for learning:

Teaching opportunities

A PhD helps you to develop the skills you need to work in academia - including teaching. There are opportunities for paid teaching in the Management School and across the University.

Postgraduate tutors receive training and support. There are opportunities for you to gain accredited teaching qualifications.

Course location

You will be based in the Law and Management Building on Campus East. Most of your training and supervision meetings will take place here, though your research may take you further afield.

You should live in or near York during your PhD programme, whether part-time or full-time. We do not offer distance learning arrangements.

Entry requirements

Masters degree

For entry to the PhD programme, you should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a 60% average on a Masters-level programme, with a good mark on your dissertation.

If you haven't completed a Masters degree or appropriate research training, you may wish to consider our MA Social Research.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your ability. We accept the following English language qualifications:

  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE Academic: 67, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components


You can apply to begin your studies in October or January. If possible, you should join us in October so that you can benefit fully from annual induction and training programmes.

Identify a supervisor

You should identify a potential supervisor in our faculty whose area of research overlaps with yours. We encourage you to contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply.

You should identify your potential supervisor in your application.

Submit your application

We require you to submit the following documents:

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

We will respond to your application in four to six weeks. You may track the status of your application and view any official correspondence online. If you have applied for an advertised scholarship or Graduate Teaching Assistant position, decisions on funded places may take a little longer.

Apply for this course


If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an online interview. It is important that you demonstrate an understanding of your topic and its supporting theories.

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